The Laredo Licensed U.S. Customs Brokers Association, Inc.

Agriculture Alert - USDA Order Press Release on Tomato / Peppers from Mexico, Canada, Israel, and Netherlands - Nov 22, 2019

11/19/2019 9:00 AM | Raul Villarreal (Administrator)

November 18, 2019

Good afternoon Trade Community (Laredo Field Office AOR), 

Please review the attached CBP News Release in regards to the federal order that will impact tomato and pepper fruits in the Cargo and Passenger Environment beginning on November 22, 2019 as follows:

  • Cargo Environment – The order will increase inspections and document verifications at time of entry from Mexico, Canada, Israel, and Netherlands.
  • Passenger Environment – The order will prohibit the importation of tomato and pepper fruits from all countries of origin in passenger baggage.

Further cargo instructions will be provided by Laredo Field Office Trade Division.  If you have any questions, contact Agriculture Operations Manager Jesus Becerra at 956-753-1010, Sup. Program Manager Henry Gutierrez at 956-753-1735, or me at 956-753-1773.


Armando Taboada Jr.
(a)ADFO Trade
Laredo Field Office
956-753-1773 – Office
956-693-8807 - Cell

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A copy of the Federal Order is posted at

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